Make Room For More Happiness

When it comes to finding happiness, there is help with Rick Hanson’s new book, Hardwiring Happiness. Our brains hold negativity making us more efficient at learning from negative experience and less adept to learn from positive ones. But our brains are constantly changing in structure, so if we learn to concentrate on the good, weContinue reading “Make Room For More Happiness”

Happy Anniversary, Bubbe Wisdom

I began this blog in November of 2010. I have posted 430 times and received 51,620 views. Bubbe Wisdom: Why call it Bubbe Wisdom? Bubbe is Yiddish for grandmother. When I was growing up a Bubbe was an old woman whose domain was her kitchen. She was known for her “bubbe-meises” old wives’ tales basedContinue reading “Happy Anniversary, Bubbe Wisdom”

The Cost of A Gallbladder

For the record, the bills for my emergency gallbladder surgery this past December keep coming. To date of the total $7906.11 billed, my Highmark insurance paid 75% leaving me with an outstanding bill of $1989.86. With this recent unexpected surgery expense, I was very eager to read Stephen Brill’s comprehensive article about our healthcare problems:Continue reading “The Cost of A Gallbladder”

Everyone Has A Story

The book world is changing. When I wrote my first proposal for a book back in the turn of the century (That sounds way too old!) I hunted likely publishers, drove myself crazy writing the perfectly compelling proposal, and in the end received countless rejections and no means of putting the book to paper. ItContinue reading “Everyone Has A Story”

A View From The Loft

Sunday, November 18, 2012; 5:15 AM Unable to sleep attempting to visualize how thirty-two people will be comfortable and well-fed this coming Thursday, I cuddle up under my favorite quilt on my bedroom loveseat and disappear into Amos Oz’s Scenes from Village Life. This may be the best view in the loft. From the rightContinue reading “A View From The Loft”

Shehekianu: To Be In The Moment

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu, Melech ha Olam, shehekianu, v’kiamanu, v’higianu l’zman hazeh. Blessed be our Sovereign of time and space, Who has sustained us, protected us and brought us safely to this moment. Breath in. Breath out. See the mind. Quiet the mind. See the body. Feel the body. Create the work. Create the play.Continue reading “Shehekianu: To Be In The Moment”

Autobiography of a Quilt #8 – The Last Entry

My stepdaughter, Dana, lives in Braddock, part of a collective called Transformazium. She is involved in many projects but the one that has caught my heart is General Sisters. I included one of their prints on my quilt. One of Dana’s favorite places to shop is The National Council of Women’s Thriftique. On one ofContinue reading “Autobiography of a Quilt #8 – The Last Entry”

The Artist’s Way

Once upon a time there was a woman who tried her best to be good and to make everyone around her feel happy. But as life occurs on life’s terms, events happened that were beyond her, making her feel lost, out of control, and not at all happy. At her lowest point, desperate for anythingContinue reading “The Artist’s Way”

UnMaking A Quilt

Having the Tibetan Monks in Pittsburgh this week, reminds me of my personal mandala of impermanence. When I had a memory quilt exhibit of all of my parents clothing and textiles, I asked Kyoki from the Zen Center of Pittsburgh to help me create a ritual of loss. She suggested I unmake a quilt inContinue reading “UnMaking A Quilt”